Global Engagement Career Path
This career path opens doors to global careers by giving you knowledge of how power and authority work around the world and skills in analyzing data, making clear arguments, and debating ideas. Learn about the dynamics of a region that interests you—Asia? Europe? Latin America? Africa? The Middle East?—and about the broader dynamics of international trade, war, terrorism, human rights and migration, or the environment.
- Declare PS as your Major and pick your Career Path.
- If you are a current PS Major, submit the declaration form to let us know your Career Path.
- Enroll in classes you select from the Global Studies Course List. And remember: these paths are road maps, not requirements—you can always go “off road” and define your own path.
- Get started in 100-200-level courses
- Develop skills in 300-level courses
- Refine skills in 400-level courses
- Check-in with a PS Advisor to be sure you meet PS major and university requirements along the way. Discuss how you can receive PS credit for an internship and consider working toward graduating with PS Honors.
Success stories: where PS degrees have taken our alums
Erik Leklem is a federal civil servant who has worked around the world with the Department of Defense, most recently working on defense and security cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. “Aside from the amazing opportunity to live in one of Asia’s most dynamic, beautiful, and demographically interesting countries, it was also a chance to employ those UO-gained skills in comparative analysis (how is Indonesian democracy different than American democracy?), research methods (how and why has Indonesia’s military evolved and reformed the way it has?), and oral communication (why is it important to try to conduct defense diplomacy in the Indonesian language—and how do you do that well?).”
For Akeel Qureshi, the PS major gave him the skills in research, presenting, and imagining alternative solutions that have taken him from Berkeley, Beijing and London in tech-sector jobs. Now Director of Business Development for the startup PingSign.com in London, he came to UO from California due to “the relaxed nature of the students, the vibe on campus, and the political undertones (contrarian or not),” and soon was “completely hooked” on political science.
He has since followed his political-science interests to places like Cambodia, Northern Pakistan, Egypt shortly after the revolution, and West Africa during the ebola crisis. “These are all more than just risks,” he writes; “These are calculated moves, and that calculation is due in no small part to the training I received in the Political Science Department at UO.” In all these places he felt that what he learned in political science at UO gave him a “richer, deeper, more powerful experience,” showing “how valuable my PoliSci Education has been for me not only in an overall sense, but in very specific ways as well.”